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Point and Sorlie bridges expected to stay closed into next week

Both bridges have been closed for about a week since the Red River began to rise into moderate and major flood stage due to excessive rainfall and melting snow.

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A bicyclist crosses the Sorlie Bridge in downtown Grand Forks Sunday, April 24, 2022, as the Red River rises.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — Two of the three bridges connecting Grand Forks to East Grand Forks won't be opening this week, according to an East Grand Forks announcement.

In an announcement on its website, the city of East Grand Forks said the Point Bridge, along Minnesota Avenue, and the Sorlie Bridge, along DeMers Avenue, will remain closed into next week. Though an exact reopen date wasn't given.

The river levels are expected to increase up to 46.5 feet this week.

Both bridges have been closed for about a week since the Red River began to rise into moderate and major flood stage due to excessive rainfall and melting snow.

The Kennedy Bridge, along Gateway Drive, remains open and is not affected until 52 feet.

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David Murphy, East Grand Forks city administrator, recently told the Herald that in order to reopen the bridges water levels need to recede so the bridges can be inspected by crews from Minnesota and North Dakota’s departments of transportation and given the OK before being reopened. The inspections are needed to see if any damage was caused from water pressure or debris in the river.

Murphy said predicting how long it will take for the bridges to reopen is difficult because it depends on whether there is damage to the bridges and how long it takes for the water to recede.

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